Posts with the category “community-and-church”

Compassion is More Important Than You Think
August 27th, 2020
There is a calling in our lives as Christians and as a church to demonstrate compassion to one another and towards our neighbors. Compassion is something we are called to “put on” as part of our ident...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
I Belong (and So Do You)
April 23rd, 2020
In the fall of 2016, I embarked on an intimidating adventure: the search for a new church home in Los Angeles. I told myself to be patient, and I steeled myself for the discomfort of walking into buil...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
Messy Community
April 16th, 2020
Community can be a fickle thing. At times it can be easy and at other times it can be hard. It can be both exciting and a drag. Both spontaneous and obligatory. I’m pretty sure that any relationship o...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
10 Ways to Love the Sick
March 4th, 2020
As I write this, Los Angeles is on heightened alert in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Our church campus will be closed for weeks to do our part to contain the spread of the virus and love...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
Take Time to Listen, Take Time to Weep
January 30th, 2020
It’s been hard not to think about July 31st or August 8th of 2019. Those days play in my mind over and over again. The experiences I had those days can best be summed up as traumatizing. I’ve cried mu...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
The Beauty of Unity
September 25th, 2019
C.S. Lewis once said, “In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not.” People fr...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Calling to All Women
September 17th, 2019
When I was a junior in high school, my mother encouraged me to look for work as a math tutor. I was shocked and insisted that no one would hire me, and that even if they did, I would not be capable of...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Love for All Humankind
January 9th, 2019
As a child I was the pastor’s kid, a regular Sunday School attendee, and there long after the janitor had locked the doors. I’ve always felt a little camaraderie with Jesus who called the temple His F...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Call to Honor Our Pastors
October 9th, 2018
As the season has turned from Summer to Fall, aggressive marketing strategies are sometimes too quick to remind us of fast-approaching holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Many of us may not ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Our Problem with Comparison
August 9th, 2018
In May 2017, Time magazine reported on a British study that surveyed almost 1,500 teens and young adults about social media usage. The report determined that Instagram is hands down the worst platform...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Loving Cities As They Are
July 24th, 2018
To learn more about this issue and things we must consider before moving to gentrifying communities.I didn’t grow up in Venice but I connect most of my childhood memories to that area. My grandmother ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Loving People with Disabilities, Part 2
May 3rd, 2018
Leaning in with LoveIn the previous post, we looked into the intimate spaces of life with a disability. Here, I would like to continue that conversation and suggest some ways to confidently lean in an...  Read More
by Kristen Neiditch
Loving People with Disabilities, Part 1
May 1st, 2018
Listening with Love“So why do you use a wheelchair?”“I have Fibromyalgia so, in short, I have chronic pain, fatigue, and other weird symptoms.”“I see. You know, your body is meant to be holy and sin m...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Loving Our Undocumented Neighbors
April 26th, 2018
Undocumented immigration is a very complex, multifaceted topic in our nation. It is a subject so controversial, that even mature believers can find themselves holding biblically opposing points of vie...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Presence is the Program
March 15th, 2018
"The church is so much more than a building, but it is also so much more than a program."What do you think of when you think of “the church”?  Some people think of a building.  They equate the church ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Why Community Groups?
February 22nd, 2018
The church...will always be full of sin and brokenness, but it is also a place with the power of the gospel to guide us and empower us to love one another...”    “The Bible does not command Christian...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Colorblind No More
February 8th, 2018
“...I have slighted and misunderstood too many dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ by trying to ‘not see’ their racial identity.”    As I sit down to write this it is Martin Luther King Jr...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
We Have to Talk About Money
February 6th, 2018
“While not everyone should know all our business, someone should.”When it comes to social situations, it’s common knowledge that you really shouldn’t bring up religion or politics. They make people un...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Sexual Assault Revelations and the Church
November 17th, 2017
“To worship the God of the Bible is to invite openness and walk in the light.”    Like many of you, I have mixed emotions about all of the sexual abuse allegations flying around Hollywood, Washington ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Half of Cornerstone
October 31st, 2017
“...Both men and women—and therefore the church as a whole—thrive when women are challenged to live up to God’s calling in their lives.”I thought a lot about the women of Cornerstone when I first read...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor José
April 25th, 2017
“Writing this letter to you has not been easy. This type of letter has forced me to think deeply of my love for you and more importantly for the love of Christ for us all.”I conjunction with our “Lett...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Message to the Married
April 24th, 2017
“Let me challenge you....to consider that this conversation DOES apply to you after all.”Cornerstone is offering an evening conference called “Redeeming Singleness.” It’s at this point that most marri...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Why You Really Need a Vacation
February 23rd, 2017
Family vacations are fun. They’re also important. Vacations are an opportunity to rest from work, reflect on God’s goodness, and spend extended time with family we love. All three of these priorities ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Matt
February 16th, 2017
“Through the ups and downs of life I pray that the constant reality for you is your experience of the love of God.”    In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Pt 2
January 24th, 2017
In my first post I encouraged those who have never read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his own words to read “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”In this post I’d like to give 8 reflections on this letter and...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Pt 1
January 11th, 2017
It has been almost 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. One of the unfortunate byproducts of time is that the words of historical figures become less and less ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Embracing Placebos and Striving for More
January 11th, 2017
“Just because something makes us feel, think, or act differently doesn’t mean that it’s addressing the core issue. It’s true in physical medicine and it’s true in spiritual growth.”A recent National G...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Brian
October 24th, 2016
“It is an inescapable conclusion that God made Cornerstone. And he made it good. And I am happy.”In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor has written a letter t...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Letters to CWLA: Pastor Jim
September 20th, 2016
“You challenge me, delight me, encourage me, trust me with your heartaches and ask me for guidance. You are serious about growing in your faith. I love and cherish being one of your pastors...”    In ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Golden State Warriors and Church Leadership
April 28th, 2016
“Even though our super-star, celebrity-driven culture has the tendency to search for a single player to pin a basketball team’s success on, that’s just not consistent with reality.  Basketball doesn’t...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A True Friend Stabs You In The Front
April 12th, 2016
You’d think a friend would be someone that doesn’t stab you in the back.  Oscar Wilde, a playwright from the last generation, disagrees.  True, a friend does not stab you in the back.  But a friend is...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How to Disagree
March 31st, 2016
If anyone should know how to disagree well, it’s Christians.  In his three years of public ministry, Jesus disagreed with pretty much everybody at some point.  Yet he did it in such a way that he neve...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Discipling is Mentoring is Counseling
March 1st, 2016
We all need someone to talk to from time to time. We need someone that is willing to listen, but we also need someone who can nudge us in the right direction. We need someone to correct us, encourage ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Reflections on Homosexuality and the Church
October 20th, 2015
“Change without Jesus is just behavior modification, and that is not what those struggling with same-sex attraction need.”Last week I attended ACBC’s conference on the topic of homosexuality. It was a...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Beautiful and Broken
September 30th, 2015
"When we live out the gospel by letting Christ break down that wall of hostility in our relationships, attitudes, interactions, and assumptions, we live as the New Creation that God has called us to b...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Diverse and In Christ
August 6th, 2015
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28    God sent His Son to save us from these sins. Tha...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How to Listen to a Sermon
July 15th, 2015
“I’ve noticed that, for someone who prepares and delivers sermons regularly, I’m really bad at listening to them myself.”    When you’ve been a Christian for ten years and faithfully attended your loc...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Gentle and Quiet
June 3rd, 2015
Last week I wrote about modesty and its relation to 1 Peter 3:3-4:“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your a...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Merely Outward
May 27th, 2015
When I was in middle school, I thought that the worst thing someone could say to me was, “What are you wearing?” Because when a middle school girl asks this question, she is not really inquiring about...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Challenge and Blessing of Community
April 29th, 2015
"Celebrating [God] by loving my imperfect child who made an inconvenient mistake was just as important as celebrating Him with my words and songs about grace at church."    I am, by nature, so many th...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles